The Ontario Association of Child Protection Lawyers consists of parents' counsel, children's counsel who also do parent side work, representatives of Native Canadian organizations, law students, and students-at-law who are completing their articles under the direction of parents counsel.
It started in Spring 2017 in Windsor, Ontario with a group of Family Lawyers who saw a need to increase the level of advocacy for children, families, and communities that were struggling in terms of Child Welfare.
The OACPL as an organization seeks to:
- increase the efficiency and level of professional expertise offered by Child Protection Lawyers in Ontario
- provide public and professional education and input from Recognized Child Protection Lawyers on Child Welfare Reform and Practice
- provide an organized body of Recognized Child Protection Lawyers that advocate politically and socially on Child Welfare Matters in Ontario
- encourage the highest standards of practice and support for children, families and communities affected by Child Protection Litigation.